Gregory James Aziz is the Chairman as well as the chief executive officer of National Steel Car. Greg Aziz was born in London, Ontario. He went to Ridley College and later went to the University of Western Ontario where he majored in Economics. James Aziz joined his family’s wholesale food business in 1971. The company grew for over 16 years to become an importer of fresh foods from Central, Europe, and South America with distribution to the main fresh food markets across Eastern Canada and the United States.
Having worked on various investment banking opportunities in New York City, Greg Aziz was able to buy the Hamilton, Ontario based National Steel Car in 1994. He expanded the company’s manufacturing capability from 3500 cars annually at the time of purchase to 12000 cars by the year 1999. Greg was also able to increase the level of employment from 600 to approximately 3000. To date, National Steel Car is leading the industry in new car innovation while building new railroad freight cars. The company is North America’s only engineering, manufacturing and railroad freight car Company that is certified. The company has been able to hold this honor for the last 18 years through countless rounds of recertification. National Steel Car has consistently been honored with the TTX SECO which is the highest quality award since the year 1996.
National Steel Car Company is devoted to the Hamilton community. It has been able to sponsor the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the United Way as well as numerous local charities. Thousands of the company’s employees both the past and present including their children attend the National Steel Car Christmas party that is held each year. The employees participate in the firm’s food drive for the local food banks. Lorraine Johnson who is the company’s Chief Operating Officer says that they have been able to hire more than 900 new staff members since October 2014. The company has also been able to make a significant investment in their plant equipment. Lorraine also said that by upgrading their business’s technology, they have been able to increase the level of productivity, safety and also contribute to a better environment. See This Page for more information.
Hugh Nicholson, the Executive Vice President, says that they are discussing with many of the North American clients in regard to orders for new rail tank cars. They are already manufacturing the tank cars that have been able to comply with the new regulations.